In news that will startle exactly nobody, a Fox yapping head resorts to cheap race baiting.
During the opening of Fox Business’ Follow the Money on Friday, Eric Bolling teased a segment about the White House hosting the president of Gabon by saying, “Guess who’s coming to dinner? A dictator. Mr. Obama shares a laugh with one of Africa’s kleptocrats. It’s not first time he’s had a hoodlum in the hizzouse.”
During the tease, an image appeared of Obama meeting with the Gabonese president, Ali Bongo, at the White House….
Bolling began the segment itself by saying, in part, “So what’s with all the hoods in the hizzy? A month after the White House hosted the rapper Common, who glorifies violence on cops, the president opened his doors to one of Africa’s most evil dictators. Here’s Ali Bongo, the Gabonese president, who’s been accused of human rights violations and plundering billions of his country’s dollars.”
And that house used to be so White House, too. But now it is infested with “gangster rappers” and dictators, oh my.
Comically enough, for reasons I certainly could not even begin to guess at, Fox didn’t employ ironic urban slang when this happened — a fascinating episode involving an honest-to-goodness convicted criminal, major lobbyist ducats, and a White House visit for the Gabonese Gangsta’s daddy:
The lobbyist Jack Abramoff asked for $9 million in 2003 from the president of a West African nation to arrange a meeting with President Bush and directed his fees to a Maryland company now under federal scrutiny, according to newly disclosed documents.
The African leader, President Omar Bongo of Gabon, met with President Bush in the Oval Office on May 26, 2004, 10 months after Mr. Abramoff made the offer. There has been no evidence in the public record that Mr. Abramoff had any role in organizing the meeting or that he received any money or had a signed contract with Gabon.
Oh that Bush. Pretty fly for a white guy, I guess.